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Behind the Scenes of The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a faithful depiction of the heroic deeds of a Polish nurse,  was produced in Riga, Latvia, during the middle of winter. Cinematographer Jerzy Zielinski, ASC tersely describes the weather as “miserable...”

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Curve of Earth -- How to Produce Widescreen 35mm Movies on a Budget


Ben Kufrin is among the first contemporary U.S. cinematographers to use the Techniscope format that was invented about half a century ago. The format uses two versus four perforation-deep 35mm frames to produce movies in a widescreen 2.4:1 aspect ratio.

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Numb Robot Rocks Skechers Red Camera Campaign

While larger postproduction houses are finding it harder and harder to survive in this new slashed budgets "I have no money" economy, Hollywood, Calif. -based boutique post house, Numb Robot (www.numbrobot.com) is striving...

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Pure West Posting

The concept of “editing for broadcast” is evolving as fast as our NLEs, and Director/Editor and Pure West CEO Juan Carlos Piñeiro-Escoriaza is leading his company into this new foray on the Web..

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Lighting "Lie to Me"

Top DP Alan Caso, ASC worked with the legendary Director John Frankenheimer on “George Wallace” and the film Reindeer Games, and he’s shot and lit many TV shows, such as “Into the West” for Dreamworks and “Six Feet Under” for HBO. Currently working on the Fox show “Lie to Me,” Caso reports, “As with so many TV shows, the tight schedule is a big challenge. The studio wants to keep the shows shot in eight 12-hour days. For a high-profile, primetime network show...

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Interview with "Better Off Ted" DP Brandon Mastrippolito

The new ABC comedy “Better Off Ted,” produced by 20th Century Fox, stars Jay Harrington as a company R&D man and Portia de Rossi as his boss. It is shot by DP Brandon Mastrippolito, an experienced cinematographer whose credits include the shows “Swingtown” for CBS and “Veronica Mars” for UPN. Mastrippolito began his career...

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Broadcasting Audio

Capturing audio in the field for broadcast is possibly one of the most challenging jobs in the production world, especially when the tracks are slated to be used for newscasts. Michael Englehaupt, director of engineering at KPIX and KBCW, says that the use of analog gear...

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Behind the Scenes on Top TV Shows

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Capturing a federal agent, lighting a serial killer and documenting a notorious Hollywood power-player are all daily work routines for some primetime professionals. Compacting several days of footage into a half-hour or hour show is a strenuous job that requires the ability to refrain from equipment-smashing if the broadcast doesn’t do your work much justice...

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Editing 3-D Commecials

The most recent, talked-about commercials have got to be the 3-D ads seen during February’s Super Bowl XLIII. But for independent editors and producers working on a budget, those paeans to Monsters vs. Aliens and the SoBe Life Water lizards have lessons that go far beyond plugging the gaps between football plays...

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Interview with Cinematographer Donald A Morgan

DP Donald A. Morgan, ASC is a highly experienced veteran of broadcast shows, and his credits include shooting many episodes of “Home Improvement” and “My Wife and Kids” for ABC, and “Girlfriends” for UPN. He’s currently the cinematographer on the new Lifetime comedy series “Rita Rocks"...

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